One of my goals for 2023 was to pick up film photography. Many don’t know this, but I got a film camera at the top of 2020 (pre-pandemic) with the same goal.
It broke after only using it one time.
After that, I was like “Ok, maybe it’s not for me,” I have been only shooting with digital cameras ever since. In the last quarter of 2022, I was getting the urge to pick up film again. So for Christmas, I got myself a Mamiya rb67. For someone who has barely shot film before, this was pretty ambitious. If you know, you know. But something told me that this time it would be different. I have successfully taught myself digital photography so why not?
My first two shoots all came back out of focus and severely underexposed. Trust me when I say I just had to laugh at the $90 worth of film and development that went down the drain.
However, this time I feel much more optimistic. I feel like this experience reflects a deeper understanding of trying new things and picking up something that you failed at before. With digital photography, I got a little better every shoot I did. Not being able to succeed, even a little, is new to me in this space.
It is scary, but the good kind. I am truly looking forward to getting better at this. It’s just expensive as hell!!!
I hope to start accepting smaller film commissions by the spring/summer seasons.